Using a personal Wiki as my private knowledge base

Wikipedia-logo I've had a lot of different personal knowledge bases in the past. But not everything was working the way I wanted it to work. So just around a week ago I started my own personal Wiki. I used the free service of wikidot.com to create my personal private Wiki.

As a technologist I organized my Wiki based by the different technology I work in. I have code examples, solutions, helpers, and other things. Also I often find interesting things on the net which I kind of copy to my Wiki by linking to the source and aggregating the needed information so I can use it fast. This is my own personal short-cut to technology knowledge.

5 Minute Productivity Enhancement: Google Apps - Part 2 - Google Calendar

This is part 2 of the Google Apps Productivity Enhancement series.

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Google Calendar short cuts that make you work more productive:

  • c: Create a new event.
  • q: Quick add a new event.
  • /: Puts your cursor in the search box.
  • p: Moves your calendar view to the previous date range.
  • n: Moves your calendar view to the next date range.
  • ESC: Back to calendar.
  • t: Jump to "Today".

5 Minute Productivity Enhancement: Google Apps - Part 1 - GMail

Some time ago I moved my domain to Google Apps. I must admit that I should have done this earlier. But now some time for more productivity enhancements. I'll write about GMail in this part, the other Google Apps will follow soon. Read also the other productivity enhancements: GMail short cuts that make you work more productive:
  • c: Compose a new message.
  • r: Reply to the message sender.
  • a: Reply to all message recipients.
  • f: Forward a message
  • /: Puts your cursor in the search box.
  • k: Move to newer conversation in the conversation list.
  • j: Move to older conversation in the conversation list.
  • o: Open the selected message.
  • u: Return to the conversation list.
  • TAB then ENTER: Send the message.
  • g then i: Go to "Inbox".
  • g then d: Go to "Drafts".
  • g then s: Go to "Starred".
  • g then a: Go to "All mail".
  • g then c: Go to "Contacts".

5 Minute Productivity Enhancement: Launchy

Last week I found out about Launchy an Open Source Keystroke launcher. I use Launchy to launch application very quickly without using my mouse.

The combination ALT + SPACE pops up Launchy. You type some characters that are in the application name, for example "studio" for Visual Studio 2005. Press ENTER to accept your choice. Sometimes there are more options available, you can browse those using the UP and DOWN keys.

Besides this basic launching there are some enhanced actions available. For example type "Google" press the TAB key and type your search words. And the Google webpage pops up in your default Internet Browser with the search query you entered.

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5 Minute Productivity Enhancement: Virtual PC and VMware Virtual Machine

Do you, just like me, make use of Virtual Machines very often? I might become handy to know some short cuts about them too. For example, I've had some trouble navigating back to my host system without using my mouse. Some more short cuts this time for both Virtual PC and VMware.

Other productivity enhancements:

Virtual PC short cuts that make you work more productive:

  • RIGHT ALT + ENTER: Toggles a virtual machine between full-screen mode and window mode
  • RIGHT ALT + DELETE: Sends CTRL + ALT + DELETE to the virtual machine operating system
  • RIGHT ALT + P: Pauses or resumes the virtual machine, depending up its current state
  • RIGHT ALT + E: Opens the virtual machine settings
  • RIGHT ALT + DOWN ARROW: Minimizes the virtual machine

VMware short cuts that make you more productive:

  • CTRL + ALT + ENTER: Go to full-screen mode
  • CTRL + ALT: Return to normal window mode (you can now use ALT + TAB to switch windows on your host)
  • CTRL + Z: Suspends the virtual machine
  • CTRL + D: Opens the virtual machine settings

Yes I know it is strange I'm using both Virtual PC and VMware Virtual Machines. Most of the time I use VMware because my colleages use it. This way we are able to use each others Virtual Machines. Besides this I make use of Virtual PC machines provided by Microsoft: Like the Visual Studio Orcas releases and the Microsoft CRM Demo VPC